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Keeping yourself safe online

Being online is the new norm especially with lockdown amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Most people have taken up online conference, work from home, online courses, checking up on family and friends, parties, virtually every other thing that would involve interactions with others online.

The web is the number one resource place to get over a ton of information. The internet is now an essential commodity more than ever. While you’re up and going in the cyberspace, more importantly is for you to stay safe.

Today, I’ll be sharing with you some tips to help you stay safe online:

Keep Your Software Up to Date:

It is very important that your phone and computer softwares are up-to-date, both operating system and applications. This is one of the most important cyber security tips to mitigate ransomware. Your software being up to date, helps remove critical vulnerabilities that hackers use to access your devices.

Use Secure Passwords:

Your passwords are most times what a cybercriminal needs to access your accounts. Ensure you use strong password (definitely not 1234 or your date of birth) and don’t repeat same passwords on various accounts. Ifyou want to make it easier to manage your passwords, try using a password management tool or password account vault.

Use Two-Factor or Multi-Factor Authentication:

Two-factor or multi-factor authentication is a service that adds additional layers of security to the standard password method of online identification. Most application like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp among others have implemented this into their apps, ensure you set up your two-factor authentication. This provides additional layer of protection for your devices and personal information.

Turn on your firewall:

Your device may have a firewall, but it might not be active by default. Turning on your firewall helps for inbound protection. You also need outbound protection to ensure any malware that might already be on your device can’t connect to and share your data on the internet.

Use Anti-Virus Protection:

Anti-virus (AV) protection software is one of the most prevalent solution to fight malicious attacks. Use anti-virus software from trusted vendors and only run one AV tool on your device. Beware of those “free” anti-virus application you see online.

Backup Your Data Regularly:

Backing up your data regularly is an overlooked step in personal online security. The top IT and security managers follow a simple rule called the 3-2-1 backup rule. Essentially, you will keep three copies of your data on two different types of media (local and external hard drive) and one copy in an off-site location (cloud storage). This helps as if you become a victim of ransomware or malware, the only way to restore your data is to erase your systems and restore with a recently performed backup.

Beware of Phishing Scams:

Phishing scams are when an attacker poses as someone or something the sender is not to trick the recipient into divulging credentials, clicking a malicious link, or opening an attachment that infects the user’s system. This is especially common with mails claiming to be from one’s bank and requesting your BVN or to click on a link to cancel a purported service activated on the account.

This are few of the ways to ensure you’re cyber security conscious and stay safe in the cyberspace even as we stay indoors during this pandemic. Ensure to follow our subsequent posts which would explore other cyber security tips.

Have a wonderful day and remember to wash your hands!

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